Over the last few days, I’ve been supposed to be writing an essay.
Naturally, I am writing the essay, but the fact that I have something concrete that I have to be doing means that I’m also more heavily inclined towards doing something totally unproductive, like, well, reading a book.
So that’s what I did for the last two days. I read the Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
And I really, really enjoyed it.
Pat, the main character, has just been let out of a secure neural facility, and is beginning to adjust to life back home with his parents.
The book describes his progress over the course of about a year and his attempts to better himself, reconcile with his wife Nicki and his developing friendship with Tiffany, his friend’s sister-in-law, with whom he has a lot in common. Oh, and football. Lots of football.
It’s a beautiful book. I really, really enjoyed it. I also thoroughly recommend it. It was really well written and it dealt with the subject of mental illness without ever shying away from it but also without glossing over the grittier details.
And it gave me a potted history of several American classics, meaning I can take them off my list!
Absolutely recommend it.